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'''John Smith Hurt''', better known as '''Mississippi John Hurt''' (July 3, 1893[ National Park Service][ Encyclopædia Britannica] or March 8, 1892There is confusion about his date of birth, but the [ grave marker] mentions this date. – November 2, 1966) was an American country blues singer and guitarist. Raised in Avalon, Mississippi, Hurt taught himself how to play the guitar around age nine. Singing to a melodious Fingerstyle|finger-picked accompaniment, he began to play local dances and parties while working as a sharecropper. He first recorded for Okeh Records in 1928, but...
Birth nameJohn Smith Hurt
Alias| birth_date = {{birth date|1893|7|3|mf=y}} or {{birth date|1892|3|8|mf=y}}
Birth placeTeoc, Mississippi|Teoc, Carroll County, Mississippi, United States
Death date{{death date and age|1966|11|2|1893|7|3|mf=y}}
Death placeGrenada, Mississippi
OriginAvalon, Mississippi
InstrumentGuitar, Singing|Vocals
GenreCountry blues,
Delta blues,
Folk music|Folk
Farm hand
Years active1928 in music|1928, 1963 in music|19631966 in music|1966
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